Broussard honored with Woman of the Year Award
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Dr. Rosalyn Broussard, professor of political science and chair of the interdisciplinary studies department, was selected to receive the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s 2016 Dr. Carol Sue Butts Woman of the Year Award. Named for the provost emeritus, the award recognizes female employees and students who make a difference in the lives of women – a goal Broussard has worked towards long before coming to UW-Platteville.
Early in her career, Broussard worked as a social services coordinator in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she worked with many underprivileged women. She continued this passion while earning her Ph.D. at State University of New York at Binghamton. There, along with a colleague, she created the Children’s Hour program, which offered care for children, allowing women who were in school to have time to focus on studying or work.
“If we really want a great society, we cannot fail women because they are the care givers of the family, for the most part,” said Broussard. “We have to make sure that women are healthy, whether it is mental, physical, economic, social, or educational health.”
Broussard came to UW-Platteville in 1996 as an assistant professor of political science. She quickly became involved in the women’s studies program, now the women’s and gender studies program. Since then she has remained active in women’s programming on campus and she currently chairs the interdisciplinary studies department, which combines women’s and gender studies, ethnic studies, social and environmental justice and international studies.
Broussard said that working with students and being able to provide them with a unique perspective on their studies is her most enjoyable part of working at UW-Platteville. “Through the classes I teach, I bring a different perspective to students because I was born in the South and I grew up under a segregated system; I went to segregated schools all my life,” said Broussard. “So when I’m talking about civil rights, I bring something personal to students that they can recognize. It is the same with women’s studies; I bring a personal perspective, especially when discussing the intersection of women, class and race.”
Broussard will be recognized at the UW-Platteville faculty and staff convocation on Thursday, Sept. 1. “I feel ecstatic about being recognized with this award, and I’m in some good company with the women who were recognized before,” said Broussard. “It also feels really good for this recognition to come from my colleagues.”
Written by: Alison Parkins, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, 608-342-1526, firstname.lastname@example.org